Truth Should Embrace The Universe


Perhaps you have heard of the “Napoleon Complex.” This term is in reference to the Emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte(1769-1821). Bonaparte apparently was short in stature but was a ferocious General who led the French to many military battles. The implication is that in order to make up for his inferiority complex about being short he proved his manhood by conquering parts of Europe, Egypt and Asia A little remembered fact is that in 1803 he sold the Louisiana Territory to the United States which more than doubled the size of the United States of America. (pg461, America’s God & Country, Federer). Bonaparte met his match when in 1815 the British Duke of Wellington defeated him at the battle of Waterloo. He was captured and banished to the island of St Helena, off the west coast of Africa where he lived for the remainder of his life. Interesting to me though, is this quote which he wrote from St Helena:

“Truth should embrace the universe. Such is Christianity, the only religion which destroys sectional prejudices, the only one which proclaims the unity and the absolute brotherhood of the whole human family, the only one which is purely spiritual; in fine, the only one which assigns to all, without distinction, for a true country, the bosom of the Creator, God….once master of our spirit, the faithful Gospel loves us. God even is our friend, our father, and truly our God. The mother has no greater care for the infant whom she nurses….”

Bonaparte’s language above reminded me of a conversation that I had with my father a number of years ago. Visiting with him one day at the farm I began a tirade against the sitting President of the United States and the manner by which he and others were governing this country. Whereupon my father asked me “So, what do you think is the answer?” I was caught off guard by the question so I went silent for a moment. In that silent moment the answer came very strongly to my mind and I replied “the gospel of Jesus Christ!” My Father nodded his head in approval and encouraged me to go forth and do just that; preach the gospel! I am reminded of this scripture:

” And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.” (Alma 31:5).

Thus, all of us can do much to change the way our society runs. Perhaps we shall never be a congressman, or Governor, or Senator. But we can change the world as we preach the word of Christ. His word changes the heart of wicked men to righteousness.

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